What does it mean to “Cut in fat”

Baker Bettie Ask BB, Baking Science, Baking Techniques, Cooking Fats, Fundamentals 9 Comments

The instruction to “cut in fat” is a common instruction in baking recipes. The process of cutting in fat is very simple and a necessary skill for beautiful flaky and tender baked goods such as biscuits, scones, pie and pastry crusts.  In the Ask BB Series, I answer reader questions regarding baking science, techniques, and troubleshooting. If you have a question you would like addressed in depth in the series, email the question to bakerbettie@gmail.com with the subject of “Ask BB.”  “What does it mean when a recipe says to ‘cut in the fat’ and what is the purpose of …

How to Render Lard

Baker Bettie Baking Science, Cooking Fats, Cooking Techniques, How to Render Lard 5 Comments

  Over the past few years I have fallen more and more in love with cooking and baking with lard. It makes beautiful pastries and I love the flavor of roasting veg and other savory foods in this beautiful silky white fat. However, growing up I remember adults referencing lard almost as if it was a bad word. I would hear things like,”my grandmother used to make the best biscuits, but they were filled with lard!!” And then everyone would gasp as if this was a terribly awful thing. As I have become more educated in the culinary world, I have …

How to Use Brown Butter in Baking

Baker Bettie Baking Science, Baking Techniques, Brown Butter, Fundamentals 7 Comments

Learn all about how to make brown butter and how to use brown butter in baking. Brown butter is one of the easiest ways to make any baked good taste gourmet. Even the simplest of recipes can be quickly elevated with the addition of brown butter.  When I very first started getting into baking in 2010, cookies were my obsession. I was totally focused on creating the most perfect chocolate chip cookie and did endless research on various ways to amp up the flavor and texture of what I dreamed my perfect cookie would be. I can’t even remember where I first …